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Do It Yourself or Get Some HELP!!!!????

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    View Poll Results: To train or not to train.....?
    Train on your own with books and videos. 0 0%
    Train yourself with the help of a real trainer. 6 50.00%
    Send off to trainer and have no part. 8 66.67%
    Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 12. You may not vote on this poll

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        03-08-2010, 06:16 PM
    Kevin is completely right. Green + green= black and blue. Ultimately your relationship with your horse will suffer because you won't know how to ask him for what you want and he won't know how to give it to you. It is so easy to ruin a horse.

    I also just got my first horse who is my very own and have a trainer helping me learn to ride and work with him. My horse is a 20 year old schoolmaster TB. There is nothing I love more than being able to just hop on him and learning new things from him, because he demands that I ride properly or he won't comply. When I get on a less well trained horse it is glaringly obvious that I could never survive a greenie at this point in my riding.

    It is awesome that you have this new baby, but will be more awesome for both of you if you send him off to a trainer and then find a very experienced rider to lease him until you are ready for him. Even a free lease would be better than letting him sit, because you're going to want to keep all that expensive training on him.
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        03-08-2010, 08:06 PM
    Green Broke
    In situations like this, it almost always boils down to this questions:

    "Would you like to pay for a trainer NOW or LATER?"

    All the arguements you have for not wanting to send your horse to a professional are the exact arguements for why you SHOULD. Because one day, someone else will probably end up owning your horse, and they'll be stuck with the problems created.

    If you have a trainer working with you, then perfect. Just don't think you can do it alone. You aren't doing your horse any favors. I would LOVE to have the cash to work with a reining trainer with Jynxy, but alas I don't and I don't delude myself either that I have the ability to train Jynxy to do reining. So I won't bother, because I'd rather wait and do it right then start some half cocked scheme by myself and screw her up in the head.

    Bond shmond. I bought Jynx when she was 2 years old and that brat won't get out of my back pocket. I raised my gelding from birth and I owned him for 15 years, and within six months, he didn't have a CLUE who I was. Horses are not fickle like humans. You are nothing but a feed machine, and depending on the horses personality, something to rub against joyfully. Don't pretend it's anything else.
        03-09-2010, 11:42 AM
    I started out like you...I could ride anything, was it pretty? No...could I really train? Not really...did I train my first horse? Yes...was it pretty? No....

    I got my first horses and thought I knew everything...I had done some personal research and gone from there. Now my gelding may be super sweet and easy to handle and ride like a charm but im slowly discovering training gaps now that im more experienced. I have never had the option of paying for a trainer or lessons. Recently I've gotten to work with two very good trainers for free because they are nice guys and work where I work. I've learned better now and I seek them out for my issues.

    My point is I wish I had someone like them 2 years ago when I got my gelding. He was green broke to the max but I took him on by myself. He is wonderful BUT there are so many training gaps...and some things he's been taught interfere with trying to fix these gaps so I keep having to come up with totally creative ways to fill in said gaps...

    Now that im a million mistakes and thousands of saddle hours later, and after being taught and trained by different professionals Im confident enough to do my own training. I know I can do my own training.

    If you are confident enough to know you can ride and that you want to train seek out help...lots of it...your on the right path with your trainer and taking lessons. If you confident this will work.

    Now if your NOT 100% confident that you can do this with the help of your trainer then don't do it. Send your horse to the trainer and continue your lessons. There will be pleanty of time to personalize training and bond with your horses after they come back from the trainer.

    There are my opinions take then how you like. Just don't do this alone and end up with the gaps that I am having to fix. Be glad you can afford a trainer and don't have to use free (but great an offered!) help...
        03-09-2010, 07:08 PM
    As far as the people at your barn who's horses are misbehaving and being sent off to the trainer's, chances are that the horses are misbehaving because of something their owners are doing. So if the owner doesn't change their behaviour and goes back to the same thing which caused the horse to act out in the first place, then of course the horse will resume misbehaving.

    If you trained WITH the trainer, you would know what not to do,what works for your horse.
        03-10-2010, 07:51 AM
    If you have already decided you are doing it correctly why did you ask?
        03-10-2010, 08:19 AM
    I think you should either send it away to a trainer for a few months while you yourself take tons of lessons, or sell it and buy a old been there done that horse.
        03-10-2010, 12:57 PM
    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    If you have already decided you are doing it correctly why did you ask?
    I was just wondering how other people handled similar situations. Figured maybe someone would have some little tips, good tricks for training certain things.
        03-10-2010, 01:12 PM
    There are no tricks just hard work.
        03-10-2010, 01:50 PM
    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    There are no tricks just hard work.
    Yes, and know how.
        03-10-2010, 03:48 PM
    Yes, that helps.

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